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worlds which lie beyond the threshold of physical matter, and then they unveiled the greatest mystery of all—man's own divinity. They showed the candidate infernal worlds to test his character and determination, as well as to instruct him; and afterwards unfolded to him heavenly worlds to encourage and bless him. And if they made use of the process of entrance-ment, this is not to say that no other way existed or exists. It was their way; but the kingdom can be found by other ways, and even without the use of trance.
Which of us can echo the noble words of the Roman philosopher-initiate who said: "Where we are, death is not; where death is, we are not. It is the last, best boon of nature; for it frees man from all his cares. It is, at the worst, the close of a banquet we have enjoyed."
Our attitude towards death provides also a significant hint as to our attitude towards life. The Mysteries changed a man's attitude towards death and consequently altered his conduct of life. They demonstrated that Death is but the obverse of the Coin of Life.
Scientific, psychical and psychological research is changing the Western world's attitude towards matters which were once dismissed as fanciful nonsense. Such research is lifting the ideas of the ancients out of the undeserved contempt in which they have lain while younger notions sprang to lusty manhood. We are beginning to detect sanity in the apparent insanity of the ancients. We are beginning to discover that their knowledge of the powers and properties of the human mind was in some directions superior to ours. The apparition of immaterial forces has startled our agnostic age. Our best scientists and foremost thinkers are joining the ranks of those who believe there is a psychic basis to life. What they think to-day, the masses will think to-morrow. We have begun—and perhaps rightly—as complete sceptics; we shall end as complete believers: such is my positive prediction. We shall rescue belief in the soul from the cold air of modern doubt. The first great message of the ancient Mysteries—"There is no death?* although always susceptible of personal experiential proof by a mere few, is destined to be broadcast to the whole world.
The idea of survival does not necessarily imply that we shall all scramble out of our coffins at some uncertain future date. To confuse ourselves with the fleshly houses wherein we reside is hardly creditable to our intelligence. The word resurrection